Thank you all for coming out last night to support our 4th and 5th grade choral, band, and orchestra concert. Last night, Mr. Halek announced that info was sent home about instrument selection for 5th grade. These were mailed home and not sent through backpack mail. You should be receiving them soon if you haven't already.
Today our class will be meeting with Mr. Halek and Mr. Tario to listen to some instrument demonstrations. Students will then be making their choices about what instruments they would be interested in for next year.
4th grade instrument night will be held on Tuesday, May 22 from 6-7. This is your opportunity to make your final selection for an instrument for next year.
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any other questions.
- Mrs. Kusche
It has been a great week in room 22. The weather is finally starting to feel like spring and our NYS math test is complete. The class has worked very hard to prepare for this test. I'm proud of their efforts and dedication.
Congratulations to Charlotte. She was the lucky winner of our egg contest. We've been following the eagles' nest in Washington DC since mid-February. When the eggs were laid in March, I gave students an opportunity to guess the date and time of when the first egg would hatch. Charlotte was off by just 16 minutes! Now we will continue to watch the eaglets until they fledge the nest in a few weeks.
May is a busy month with many important dates to make note of.
5/7: Last day to order a yearbook
5/8: Spring choral concert: Genet @7 (kids should arrive at 6:40)
5/10: District-wide Art Show @ CHS 6-8 Artwork from some of our students will be featured!
5/15: Field Day (4th grade from 10:30-11:30)
5/16: Author visit (during school) & Evening book fair (6-8pm)
5/17: Buy 1 Get 1 Free book fair during our special
5/22: 4th Grade instrument night @ GM (6-7pm)
5/24: Sno Cone Sale during lunch
5/25: No School K-5
5/28: No School - Memorial Day
Have a wonderful weekend!
- Mrs. Kusche
Here is a look at what we've been working on this week?
In math we finished measurement and have moved on to geometry. This week we worked on lines, rays, and angles. The students are enjoying this topic. I challenged them to work in small groups and use a pattern block (measuring 30 degrees) to find the measurement of other angles.
Friday we introduced protractors. Students practiced measuring a variety of angles. We will finish this topic on Monday and then move on to our last topic that we need to cover before the NYS Math test.
In addition to our regular math curriculum, we have been using test prep books to review topics that we've been working on all year. This is helping to build confidence and familiarity with the format as we move closer to May 1st and 2nd.
There has been such an interest in using our new Chromebooks that we have added a new component to our study hall/recess portion of the day. We are calling it "Academic Chromes". You child now has the option to go outside, complete homework in study hall, or go to another 4th grade classroom to work on the slideshows, docs. and Google classrooms using our new Chromebooks. It's especially popular right now due to the chilly spring we are having.
We've wrapped up our study of the American Revolution. Folders were sent home today. These projects were used as a test grade. I was really pleased the effort and thought that went in to these projects. I think they're all sad to see this unit come to a close. We've had a lot of fun learning about how the United States became free from British rule.
Just a few reminders:
4/26 Popcorn sale this Thursday - The cost is $1
5/1-5/2 - NYS Math Assessment
Have a wonderful weekend!
It's been a busy week following our spring recess. The class had no trouble getting right back into the swing of things. Our two days of state testing went very smoothly. We all agreed that two days of testing was much better than three! The kids worked very hard.
As you are aware, before vacation a brand-new cart of Chromebooks was delivered to our class. We have been doing all of our ELA Center work on the Chromebooks and submitting them through Google Classrooms. The kids are gaining wonderful skills with Google Slides and Google Docs as well.
Before vacation the students completed their classroom challenge #2 and earned an afternoon of board games. They enjoyed playing games like Jenga, Cards, Apples to Apples, and Trivial Pursuit. It was a great way to unwind with friends before spring break.
Next week we will pick back up with spelling. Our test will be on Friday 4/20. We also hope to finish up our study of the American Revolution. No assessment will be given on this topic. Their Domino project folders will be used as a test grade.
Here are some upcoming important dates to be aware of:
4/16 Art Fundraisers are due
4/19 Science Fair 6-7pm at Green Meadow
4/26 Popcorn Sale during lunch $1
5/1-5/2 NYS Math assessment
Enjoy your weekend!
- Mrs. Kusche
As you are aware, your child will be taking three New York State assessments in 4th grade. The first is ELA and will be given this week on April 11th and 12th.
The test will be given in the morning starting around 9:30. Please try to avoid being tardy on these days. Students will be given as much time as needed to complete the two testing sessions.
There have been some changes this year of which I want you to be aware. This year the test will be administered over two testing days instead of three. Students are very familiar with the format of the test. We have been working on review materials in class to familiarize students with the format.
The format is as follows:
Day 1, Session 1:
Students will be given 4 reading passages and then asked to answer 24 multiple-choice questions using a bubble sheet.
Day 2, Session 2:
Students will generate written responses to various reading passages. Students will be given six short-response questions and one extended response. Students write answers directly in their test booklets.
How to prepare your child:
- A good night's rest and a healthy breakfast are the best ways to prepare for testing days.
- Students should go to bed on time (not early) the night before.
- Help your child approach the test in a relaxed, positive way.
If you have any questions about our upcoming state test this week, please let me know!
Congratulations to our 100% Homework Club!
Here is a look at what's happening in room 22:
It's hard to believe that we are now into our last marking period of the school year We celebrated our 100% Homework Club last week. Now that it is our last marking period I do not require a teacher or parent signatures in the agendas. The goal is to create independence with copying down homework assignments as we prepare for 5th grade. I still encourage parents to check agendas for important information. It is your choice whether to sign it or not.
Report cards were sent home on Wednesday. If you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress, please don't hesitate to reach out. Please remember to periodically check PowerSchool for your child's test scores and attendance.
The class is really enjoying our study of the American Revolution. This is a project based unit where we are studying the "Domino effect" of the events leading to the war. We completed a fun activity on unfair taxes with Smarties. Students were asked to pay their tax (one Smartie) for a variety of reasons. The helped the students to better understand how the colonists felt when they were unfairly taxed by King George.
In math we are taking a break from fractions and moving on to Topic 11: Line Plots. This is a very short topic of only 4 lessons. We will be taking a short quiz early next week. After April vacation we will begin our review in preparation for the NYS Math test which will be given over two days on May 1st and 2nd. If you have any concerns or questions about NYS testing, please let me know.
We really enjoyed our trip to the NYS Capitol, museum, and of course McDonald's last Friday. We started in the museum with talking about early hunter and gatherers and how they arrived during the Ice Age. We then explored all of the wonderful Native American exhibits at the museum. We learned more about their farming, housing, and way of life. We also had a chance to learn about how people immigrated through Ellis Island from other countries. There is so much to see, I only wish we had more time. It was then time for a quick lunch break at McDonald's and then we were off to the Capitol. The students enjoyed seeing the senate chamber, assembly chamber, million dollar staircase, carvings, and more. It was a quiet day at the Capitol because they were not in session but one of the lawyers who works there stopped to tell us a ghost story about a man named Sam. Sam was the night watchman who died in the fire in 1911. They say he haunts the Capitol building to this day and many claimed to have seen him. They offer a haunting tour in October for anyone interested in hearing more about these sightings. Overall the kids loved the field trip even with all of the walking we had to do!
Upcoming Important Dates:
3/16: Movie Night at Genet 6:30
3/23: 1/2 Day of School - Staff Development
3/30 - 4/6: Spring Recess
4/11-4/12: ELA State Assessment
4/19: Science Fair
Have a wonderful weekend. Stay warm. Spring will be here soon!
- Mrs. Kusche
It's hard to believe that January is almost over. We are officially halfway through the school year. Time certainly does fly. Here is a look at what we've been up to:
In social studies we have been studying life in New Netherland and New Amsterdam. These were the first European settlements in New York. We've been learning about the colonial way of life and talking about slavery. The children are researching roles of men and women as part of their center work this week. We are also reading the book "Go Free or Die", a story about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. In in attempt to combine S.S. and STEM, we decided to make butter last Friday. The kids had a lot of fun shaking the heavy cream. It took only 20 minutes of shaking (and dancing) to make the butter. I even created a fun "Shake it up" song list. The butter was delicious! Take a look at some of the photos below.
We have been working hard at fractions in math. Topic 8 math tests have been recorded and sent home. Please review these concepts with your child at home. Also, remember that if your child receives a grade lower than 80% it needs to be signed and returned to school. This week we continue with our study of fractions. We are working on adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. If you would like some extra review or practice, your child can access the Pearson Realize website for extra help.
Our next math test will be given the week before February break.
We certainly have been very busy in ELA. In writing we have been working on making inferences and responding to texts using our RADD strategy. The kids have done an amazing job of using what they have learned in class. We have read a variety of genres while practicing this strategy.
In writing students have been working on a variety of pieces. The first is a snowflake point of view writing. Students are writing creative stories about being a snowflake, falling from the sky and landing anywhere in the world. These final drafts are being published on our classroom Chromebooks.
The other writing is an informational piece about the pyramids of Giza. We are working on using graphic organizers and using checklists and rubrics to keep our writing organized. Look for these to come home next week.
Thursday, 2/1 - Choral Festival at CHS
Friday, 2/2 - Sports Day : Wear your favorite sports jersey to school
Tuesday, 2/6 - Band Festival at CHS
2/19-2/23 : Winter Recess
3/7: End of 2nd Marking Period for K-5
- Students need proper outdoor gear for recess each day. The field out back is VERY muddy, so even though there may not be snow, boots are strongly recommended.
- Please remember to sign your child's agenda each night. This will no longer be a requirement during our last marking period.
Have a wonderful week! Please reach out if you have any questions!
- Mrs. Kusche
Happy New Year! It was a strange first week back with a shortened week, early dismissal, and a two hour delay. However, we did our best to get back into our normal routine. Here is a look at what we did this week:
This week we began topic 7: factors and multiples. It was a real test of our multiplication fact knowledge. Please keep working on basic multiplication and division facts with your child if they are weak in this area. These skills are embedded in everything we teach this year. We had a chance to work on our Chromebook this week to practice some of these skills online An assessment will be given next Wednesday (1/10) on these concepts.
This week in small group, we continued working on cause and effect skills by reading stories about King Tut and following recipes. We are also practicing our RADD (restate, answer, detail, detail) strategy with short written responses. The students are really improving.
In writing, we wrote some resolutions for 2018. They really thought hard about what they would like to improve upon and came up with some pretty impressive projects. Look for these in our hallway if you're visiting!
We started a new topic in social studies this week. We discussed the first European explorers that reached North America and New York. We had a lot of fun learning interesting facts about each explorer and creating passports for each one. Next week we will begin learning about the first Dutch settlement in Albany.
With a new year comes a few friendly reminders. Please be sure that your child has everything they need to be their best each day. These things include a healthy snack, snow pants and boots, and missing school supplies. We took an inventory on supplies that some students were missing and a checklist was attached to your child's agenda if they are in need of new supplies. Thank you for your support! Please remember that the children go outside each day that the temperatures are above 20 degrees.
In closing, I would like to thank you all for your understanding about canceling our holiday hot cocoa and cookie party. I understand many of you did a lot of prep-work and organizing to help make this party a success. Your efforts do not go unnoticed. However, the teachers felt as though a party after vacation would prevent us from getting back to a normal routine after our long break. Your hot cocoa money that was sent in will be saved and used for our Valentine's Day party.
Also, I am overwhelmed and grateful for all of the very generous and thoughtful cards, notes, and gifts this holiday season. Your unexpected generosity is so very much appreciated. I hope you all stay warm this weekend.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
- Mrs. Kusche
The kids have been loving our electricity unit. Students have really enjoyed building circuits and learning about conductors and insulators. This will be a very important part of our NYS Science test that the kids will be taking at the end of the school year. Please check out the photos below! A brief quiz will be given next week on electricity.
We have many fun events coming up. First, is our Morning of Kindness which goes along with our Random Acts of Kindness project. Students have been working hard all week preparing cards for bus drivers, inspirational signs for students, carnations messages for staff, and writing nice hand-written messages for students. Tuesday morning should be fun for all!
We will also be spending the morning on 12/20 to make traditional colonial holiday crafts. Students will be rotating throughout the 4th grade rooms and completing a variety of crafts. Our Kindergarten holiday shop is always a lot of fun. This year we will set up a "shop" in our fourth grade hallway for Kindergartners to shop for their parents. The students will then help the little kids wrap and label their gift. We charge $.25 a gift and all proceeds are given to the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society. Festive attire is encouraged!
This week we finished reading the book "The Witches". The class really enjoyed this book by Roald Dahl. We plan to watch the movie next week and do a comparison between that and the book. It's one of my favorite reads! The kids loved it, too. Many chose it as their favorite book we've read so far this year.
Division is going well. The class is really getting the hang of our DMSCB method for long division. Many of the students felt a little unsure of themselves as first. I tell them that practice makes perfect and each day their confidence grows a little more! We will be taking a quiz on Tuesday. Please remember to keep working on those math facts every night.
In writing we continue to work on persuasive essays. This week during center work the kids had to convince me NOT to give them homework next week. We will see just how persuasive they are! In ELA, we continue to work on cause and effect. The kids are doing a great job!
Please make note of all of the important events that are approaching.
Important Upcoming Events:
12/12 : Morning of Kindness (Please arrive at 8:40 wearing your Kindness Squad shirt)
12/14: Electricity Quiz
12/15: Student Council Meeting 8:10
12/18: Kindergarten Holiday Shop
2:00 Holiday Concert grades 4 & 5 @ Green Meadow
7:00 Holiday Concert grades 4 & 5 @ Genet
12/19: Field Trip to Genet "Miss Nelson is Coming" Theater Presentation
12/20: Colonial Holiday Crafts 9:30
12/22: Cookies and Hot Cocoa Party 12:45
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!
- Mrs. Kusche
We have some catching up to do. The kids in room 22 have been very busy.
Last week our students did a wonderful job presenting our flag project to the school at our Veterans Day assembly. Each student created a paper link column. Ian did a wonderful job with reading facts about our
Our class was even featured on the district website! Click here to check it out!
We finished reading "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" and decided to make a cereal which represents the book. The collaborative groups did a wonderful job summarizing the important parts of the book. Each group also gave a presentation and performed commercials! Check out our projects below.
We are finishing up our unit on Native Americans. The kids are very excited about Monday's longhouse project. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to come in and help. (Please check your child's folder with special instructions about the morning.) This week we made wampum belts from pasta, we also acted out the Iroquois Confederacy, and took our end of unit quiz. The kids and I are going to be sad to see this unit come to an end.
It's hard to believe we have reached the end of our first marking period already. The year is truly flying by. Here is a look at the kids who have handed in 100% of their homework ON TIME for the first few months of school. We celebrated with an ice cream party.
Congratulations to our 100% Homework Club
I want to thank you for being such an active part of your child's education. I really enjoyed meeting with you during our first day of conferences. Our next parent conference day will be on 11/29 where I will have the chance to meet with the rest of you! Your involvement is so important in helping your child to succeed. If for any reason you are unable to attend your upcoming conference, please contact me as soon as possible. Remember next week is a short week. There will be no spelling test.
I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for!